Pretty Lit­tle Liars

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Sea­son 2 Sun SABC2 (*192) 17:00 Drama Sea­son 7 Fri­days Vuzu AMP (*103) 19:30 Ian Hard­ing plays hot­tie Rose­wood High teacher Ezra Fitz in drama se­ries Pretty Lit­tle Liars (2010-cur­rent), who’s dat­ing his much-younger stu­dent Aria (Lucy Hale). And it’s a role that changed Ian’s life. “It’s ridicu­lous how you get an au­di­tion that can easily change your life for the next sev­eral years,” he says.

While Liars fans would love to see 1

Ezra and Aria be a real-life cou­ple, it won’t hap­pen. Ian’s been dat­ing artist So­phie Hart since 2011 and says that “in this line of work, you have to re­veal so much of your­self over and over, that to have some­thing pri­vate is a nov­elty. So that’s why I kept it [their re­la­tion­ship] quiet and I re­ally won’t say much else about it other than it’s awe­some”.

But while the 30-year-old isn’t 2

ready to start a fam­ily, he does have two ba­bies: his Labrador-crosspoo­dles. “Mochi and Bailey are in­sane,” Ian laughs. “They’re won­der­ful. I guess the whole thing about res­cu­ing is there are just so many dogs. I feel like it’s an easy way to give back.”

He’s a phi­lan­thropist and be­sides 3

help­ing The Fund For An­i­mals Wildlife Cen­ter in Cal­i­for­nia, Ian’s also in­volved in The Lu­pus Foun­da­tion. His mom Mary was di­ag­nosed with the chronic au­toim­mune dis­ease in 1994 and hasn’t let the in­cur­able ill­ness stop her from work­ing as a car­di­ol­ogy nurse at the Wal­ter Reed Hos­pi­tal in Vir­ginia.

Ian’s dad Stephen is a New York4

based best-sell­ing au­thor spe­cial­is­ing in war nov­els like The Last Bat­tle (2013) and Last To Die (2015).

And while Ian en­joys gym­ming, he 5

thinks that it’s bor­ing. “I play soccer. I like gym and I have a trainer who’s awe­some, but it’s just, like, bor­ing to go there over and over again, so I found other stuff, like soccer,” he says.

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